Words Don’t Go There: When “Tight” Just Won’t Do It

So you've probably heard the adage: "writing about music is like dancing about architecture."  That gets to what follows, but I was reading something for my dissertation a couple weeks back (I can't remember the author, perhaps it was Nathaniel Mackey) and the phrase "words don't go there" really stuck out.  What the author was …

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Friends’ Reactions to the Owen/Cox Dance Company’s Nutcracker

Productions of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker has long been a holiday tradition.  In the last few years Kansas City's Owen/Cox Dance Group has presented its own version.  On the news a couple days before Christmas I saw a brief rundown of the different ways in which dance companies around the country offered the Nutrcracker, which ranged from …

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Miguel Zenon Quartet Reaches an Even Higher Level

As I noted in a recent post the S.O. and I were fortunate to catch the Miguel Zenon Quartet (Luis Perdomo, piano; Hans Glawischnig, bass; Henry Cole, drums) at Omaha's Holland Center.*  The group performed an excellent set from what Zenon described as the Puerto Rican Song Book.  The book consists of tunes written by …

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My Scribbled Notes from Snuff Jazz, Crosstown Station, 3/30

Snuff Jazz Crosstown Station, March 30 In lieu of transforming my notes into what would hopefully be elegant prose, I've decided to quickly type of my notes from Snuff Jazz's performance at Crosstown Station in Kansas City from March 30.  That way I can save a bunch of time, and you can see my thoughts …

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On Seeing Dave Douglas and Keystone @ the Blue Room

Everybody is here Jeff, Rich, Little Dave (he was late) Brad, Fred                   I don’t know them but Mary does Dave Douglas and Keystone are here too at the Blue Room. I forgot that Marcus Strickland is in the band I thought he’d be taller, I don’t know why, if it wasn’t for the neck, …

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Two tasty nuggets from the NPR Jazz Website: Jason Moran and Craig Taborn

It took me a while, but since I finally discovered the wealth of free streaming and downloadable jazz on the NPR website I've been almost unable to stop mining their jazz and blues site for contemporary and forward thinking jazz.  They post live sets from the Village Vanguard, the Newport Jazz Festival and from other venues  …

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